My first Tribeca sighting

Discussion in 'Subaru Tribeca' started by phillystyle, May 24, 2005.

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    phillystyle Guest

    From day one of the pix of the new Tribeca I've thought it was pretty ugly.
    Well, a couple of days ago I saw a Tribeca on the road and shut my mouth,
    I actually thought it looked pretty good. I snuck a couple of peeks
    inside one a few nights later after my dealership closed and from what I
    could see, the interior looks pretty cool; the dash really flowed and
    looked very modern. Outside, the sheetmetal was nice and it ha a lower
    profile than I expected (which I thought was a plus). I'm still not the
    biggest fan of the nose but I have to admit even that looked better in the
    real world than in the pictures & is growing on me. I'm going to have to
    stop by the dealership when they're open so I can climb inside one.
     
    phillystyle, May 24, 2005
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    lkreh Guest

    I saw one in my neighborhood about a month ago and really liked it. I
    was lukewarm on it at the auto show, but it looked great in person.
     
    lkreh, May 24, 2005
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    John Gibson Guest

    I was at the dealer getting my OB serviced when a carloader came in with
    5 x Tris (does that equal 15 Beckies?).
    Unloading went fine until the last one which refused to start!
    There was also 1 Tribec in the showroom...sticker said 14MPG city. Ooops
    Subi the timing for another gasguzzler ain't too good!
     
    John Gibson, May 24, 2005
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    Bonehenge Guest

    I still think that. <G>

    What does it bring to the table that competitors lack?

    It's got to have a lot to make it stand out from the Pilot or
    Freestyle. The Pilot sits on Honda's well-deserved reliability rep,
    and the Freestyle is simply a really nice, good looking vehicle.

    Not to mention that either would allow me to not deal with my local
    Subaru dealer network, who really killed the joy in my Outback.

    Barry
     
    Bonehenge, May 24, 2005
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    Brent Burton Guest

    | From day one of the pix of the new Tribeca I've thought it was pretty ugly.
    | Well, a couple of days ago I saw a Tribeca on the road and shut my mouth,
    | I actually thought it looked pretty good. I snuck a couple of peeks
    | inside one a few nights later after my dealership closed and from what I
    | could see, the interior looks pretty cool; the dash really flowed and
    | looked very modern. ....

    I had to service my Scooby at the dealership yesterday and they
    had a few Tribecas there. I test drove their demo and overall I'm
    fairly pleased with it. It is definitely the largest Subie available,
    but it drove much better than I expected. The H6 engine (250HP)
    makes it quite driveable, the ride was smooth but not wallowy for a car
    this size, and my only complaint is that there is no - zero - feel in the
    steering.

    It has the VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control ?) stability system that the
    Outback has. I don't know if some of the turns I took triggered it or
    not (there was no indicator that I noticed), but the Tribeca felt very
    stable, settling nicely on some of the tighter sloped highway ramps around
    here.

    I regret that I didn't try the sport shift mode of the transmission.
    Otherwise, the tranny behaves like your typical electronically controlled
    tranny: more bark (engine noise) than bite (lockup). It's called a
    slushbox for a reason, but the groceries won't mind.

    The interior (tan leather) was very finished, and the new dash shape
    flows well around the front. All controls on the dash appear to be
    electronic, and all displays are LED. Tach and speedo are deeply
    inset with great visibility on a sunny day. There are four 12V outlets in
    the car (2 front, 2 at back) which is handy for gadgets and lights.

    The 2nd row rear seats are amazingly adjustable. They move forward and
    back on a track, and fold forward flat as well as recline a bit. The rear
    doors are huge by rear door standards, and make entry/exit from the back
    easy. Only Cadillac Devilles have larger rear doors...

    The exterior looks a bit sylistically strained, with the "love handle"
    around the back...

    Towing capacity is 3500 or 3700, can't remember which.

    It's a much bigger car than previous Subarus, but IMO it's nicely
    done.

    -bpb
     
    Brent Burton, May 31, 2005
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    Bryan Lee Guest

    I like it also but, the 3rd row was just too small. I really need a third
    row so that was a deal breaker. Do anyone sign up for the pre-order on the
    Tribeca and not get the car?
     
    Bryan Lee, May 31, 2005
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    R. Gerard Guest

    I looked at it, the Acura MDX and the BMW X3.

    The T-beca is fully $10k less than either the BMW or the Acura but what
    killed it for me was the Starship Enterprise, pimp-my-ride dashboard.

    It was just too much, gang! Who ever designed that monstrosity? A
    ten-year old child?

    The fit and finish of the T-beca also did not do well when stacked up
    against that Acura/BMW but, again, it's $10K less

    Gunny
     
    R. Gerard, Aug 14, 2005
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    Ed H Guest

    This is my problem as well. I owned a '91 Legacy and loved it... traded up
    to a Grand Cherokee and my current ride, an 2001 RX300. I'm starting to look
    again, love the styling of the new Outback, love the simplicty of the
    Forester but like the high-seating of an SUV.

    I really WANT to love the Tribeca... but I think it is really butt-ugly in
    person, approaching Aztek territory. It's a shame... I should be an easy
    sell, but the styling is a real turn-off for me.

    ed
     
    Ed H, Aug 18, 2005
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